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Halonen, Jane

Jane S. Halonen


Dr. Jane S. Halonen, professor, teaches introductory, positive, and social psychology, and also teaches senior course in the history of psychology, and psychology vs. Pseudoscience.

Halonen is a psychologist who has dedicated her academic career to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her academic interests include improving student learning, assessing undergraduate programs, helping good departments become great ones, and helping the public understand the discipline of psychology. 

She is co-author of "The Psychology Major’s Companion: How to Get You Where You Want to Go” with Dana Dunn, and primary author of "Critical Thinking Companion for Introductory Psychology,” now in third edition, with Cynthia Gray.

She has helped the American Psychological Association develop guidelines and standards on academic performance from high school through graduate levels of education; and co-chaired the association's Summit on National Assessment in Psychology. She was chief reader for the Psychology Advanced Placement Reading from 2004 through 2009. A board member of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, she has also presented at almost every regional teaching conference in psychology. She co-directed the international conference on Improving University Teaching from 2001 through 2008. 

She has been recognized for her commitment to the profession. In 2013, she received the Applications in Education and Training Award, and named an “Eminent Woman” in Psychology from the American Psychological Association (2003). She won the American Psychological Foundations Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000. In 2009, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology designated their Early Career Award in her honor in recognition of the generations of psychology faculty whom she has mentored.

She received a bachelor's in psychology from Butler University, and a master's in psychology and doctorate in clinical psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.